Dutch and Me

Photo by AP/Cliff Schiappa.

One of the first goals I had set for myself after accepting this job at Philly Mag several months back was landing an interview with my childhood hero and original favorite Phillie, Darren Daulton.

As a sports fan, you never forget the players who served as your introduction to the game you now love and hold so dearly. For me, that was “Dutch” all the way and I revered him. You often hear stories about how pompous athletes let fans down in such dreadful ways, but lucky for me there wasn’t a better player – or person – to emulate. Read more »

OPINION: The Phillies Should Cool It With the Wall of Fame

Photo by Peter Bond via Wikimedia Commons.

We all know, if we’re being completely honest with ourselves, that the Phillies are really a miserable, losing franchise. That’s what makes our titles in ’80 and ’08 that much sweeter — championship-level baseball is sort of hard to come by around here. Seriously, only two World Series trophies in 134 years?

The most telling stat for me is not the fact that our lovable Fightin’ Phils were the first professional sports team to reach 10,000 losses – a dubious distinction worthy of ridicule, no question. It’s the 30-year stretch where the Phillies only had one winning season, from 1918 to 1947. Twelve – count ’em, TWELVE — of those teams during that span lost at least 100 games! Read more »

Phillies Cancel Pete Rose Weekend That Never Should Have Existed

(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

On Wednesday afternoon, the Phillies announced that the team will not be celebrating Pete Rose this weekend. Originally, they were going to be handing out Pete Rose bobblehead dolls and Pete Rose commemorative prints and bestowing the team’s “highest honor” on the former hitting star by making him the 39th inductee into the Phillies Wall of Fame. But why did it ever even get this far? Read more »

Lenny Dykstra Rants on the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Hypocrisy

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted its latest class on Sunday, with underwhelming stars Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines among the honorees whose plaques now join legends of the game like Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson in Cooperstown.

Our old pal Lenny Dykstra is no fan of the Hall or its voters. Nails finds the whole thing a bit hypocritical – a stance I happen to agree with. See, I grew up watching baseball in the ‘90s when pumped up sluggers were mashing home runs and pitchers were tossing straight gas on the mound. It was a way better game, no denying it. Read more »

Judge: Pete Rose’s Lawsuit Over Sex Crime Allegations Can Proceed

Photo by AP.

The wins just keep on piling up for old Charlie Hustle here in Philadelphia. World Series in 1980, Phillies Wall of Fame in 2017 and now a federal court judge based in our fair city has ruled that a defamation lawsuit Pete Rose filed last year may move forward, according to court documents Philly Mag obtained from the U.S. District Court for Pennsylvania’s Eastern District. Read more »

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